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WEEE Collection Request

University of Cambridge departments can request a free collection of e-waste (WEEE) using the forms below. Destruction of confidential electronic data and disposal of WEEE waste is handled by our certified contractor, according to the appropriate compliance standards and guidelines. For further information about what happens to your electronic waste, please visit the Computer Disposals Limited (CDL) website

The WEEE collection service is for items which are (or were) purchased by the University and should not be used for personal (i.e. staff) items of WEEE - these can be disposed of free of charge at your local recycling centre. Please note that the disposal of any equipment bearing an 'Asset Register' sticker should be arranged through the Service Desk to ensure that all equipment is correctly logged prior to disposal. (Contact: / Tel 32999).

Apply for a collection

Before completing your WEEE collection request form, have you considered sharing any working items on WARPit, our free online tool for swapping items between departments? Or if it's usable but can't be redistributed internally, have you considered using UniGreenScheme? If these routes aren't suitable, please arrange your collection using the request form below. Before requesting a collection please ensure you're following the guidance further down this page, on proper storage of your e-waste.

If the equipment has been exposed internally or externally to any hazardous materials (for instance biological or chemical substances), please see the decontamination form below, and submit a copy with your collection request:

For an example list of wastes which can be collected through the e-waste collection service, click here. If you have any queries about the above process, contact

Further guidance on e-waste

Storage of equipment prior to collection

In 2011 the Environment agency introduced Regulation 12 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, which states that businesses who import, produce, collect, transport, recover or dispose of waste must take all reasonable measures to apply the waste hierarchy when the waste is transferred.

Many clients take the view that once equipment has left the desk it is destined for recycling or landfill. This is far from the truth and CDL boast 65% reuse and 0% landfill. Despite this these figures can still be improved upon, and by working together we can increase reuse, thus reducing recycling costs.

Simple changes can be made in house, to help prolong the life span of your IT equipment.

  • Educate staff / porters on how to remove and handle equipment.
  • Refrain from stripping or cannibalising equipment.
  • Provide safe, dry storage areas with suitable shelving to reduce damage.
  • Request more frequent collections if storage is limited or call to discuss alternative storage solutions
  • Use TFT covers to protect screens. These can be provided free of charge via CDL.

Dependent upon your site requirements, CDL can help you to provide storage equipment free of charge in order to preserve the condition of your used equipment. The following can be provided if required. If you require any of this equipment please specify this with your collection request.

  • Collapsible Pallet Boxes
  • Battery Tubs (Please note that there are specific requirements around battery storage)
  • Laptop Crate
  • Wheeled Cage

Separation of Data bearing Items

In order to allow CDL and the university to comply with the latest GDPR legislation, CDL will be recording a count of all Data Bearing Items. In order to assist CDL with this task we ask that any Data Bearing items are segregated from other WEEE waste. A list of Data Bearing Items and Non Data Bearing Items can be found below;

Data bearing items

  • CD/ DVDs / Data Tapes / Hard Drives / USB Pens
  • Electrical Testing Equipment
  • EPOS / All point of sale equipment
  • Fax machines
  • MAC Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Network Equipment (e.g., network switches)
  • PC accessories (e.g. external hard drives, keyboards, mice etc.)
  • PCs
  • Photocopiers
  • Plasma / LCD screens / Security Monitors
  • Printers / Plotters
  • Scanners Laptops / Netbooks
  • Servers
  • Tablets / iPads / PDA’s
  • Telephones / Phone Systems
  • VCRs / DVD Player / DVR's / Digital receiver boxes.

Non-Data bearing items

  • Cables (e.g., network cables, VGA cables, power lead etc.)
  • CRT Monitors / TFTs
  • Electrical Laboratory Equipment (including Ultra-Low temperature/‘-80’ freezers)
  • Electrical Testing Equipment
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Laptop accessories (e.g. Docking stations, carry cases etc.)
  • Mice, Keyboards
  • Network Equipment (e.g., network switches)
  • Ovens / Microwaves / Industrial coffee machines
  • PC/AV security cages / PC security cables
  • Plasma / LCD screens / Security Monitors
  • Printer accessories (e.g. paper trays, finishing units etc.)
  • Projectors, AV Equipment, Video cameras
  • Security Cameras / Photographic equipment
  • Server racks / Server Rails
  • Speakers / Other Audio Equipment
  • Standard fridge / Double Fridge / Display Cabinets (with accompanied decontamination forms)
  • Toner Cartridges
  • UPS Units, UPS Batteries, Lead Acid Batteries
  • Vending machines / Hot food cabinets
  • Washing Machines / Dishwashers
  • White Boards / Media Boards.